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CHANTELLE MEYER , EDITOR
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The First Amendment
Congress shall make no law respecting
an establishment of religion or prohibit-
ing the free exercise thereof; or abridg-
ing the freedom of speech, or of the
press, or the right of the people peace-
ably to assemble, and to petition the
Government for a redress of grievances.
“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” — Thomas Jefferson (1800)
(Editor’s Note: Viewpoint sub-
missions on these and other topics
are always welcome as part of our
goal to encourage community dis-
cussion and exchange of perspec-
It’s Time to
be an American
After reading the Opinion page
on Sept. 4, I was truly saddened.
The fact that no one seemed to
have taken the time to honor the
13 service members who paid
the ultimate price to defend our
nation and extend the reach of
freedom beyond our shores is
Can we all just take a deep
breath and stop for a few minutes
to just be an American, instead of
constantly being divided against
each for one reason or another?
I would like to take the time to
honor the fallen, thank them for
their service to our county and
send my deepest sympathies and
prayers to their families.
The Sept. 2 attack outside the
Hamid Karzai International Air-
port Kabul, Afghanistan, killed 13
U.S. service members supporting
Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
Eleven Marines, one Navy corps-
man and one soldier were killed
as the result of an enemy attack
while supporting non-combatant
For the Marine Corps, the de-
• Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pich-
ardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massa-
chusetts, assigned to 5th Marine
Expeditionary Brigade, Naval
Support Activity Bahrain.
• Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of
Sacramento, Calif., assigned to
Combat Logistics Battalion 24,
24th Marine Expeditionary Unit,
II Marine Expeditionary Force,
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
She was a ground electronics
transmission systems maintain-
er assigned to Combat Logistics
Battalion 24, a subordinate unit
of Combat Logistics Regiment
27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group,
II Marine Expeditionary Force.
The other Marines were as-
signed to 2nd Battalion, 1st Ma-
rine Regiment, 1st Marine Di-
vision, I Marine Expeditionary
Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif..
The servicemen were mem-
bers of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine
Regiment, currently forward-de-
ployed with the Special Purpose
Marine Air-Ground Task Force–
Crisis Response–Central Com-
mand, which deployed in Febru-
ary and scheduled to return later
this fall. They were tasked to as-
sist with the evacuation of the
U.S. Embassy, U.S. citizens, spe-
cial immigrant visa applicants,
and those Afghans who worked
alongside our troops, served
alongside of them, and provided
invaluable assistance to them.
• Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31,
of Salt Lake City, Utah. His mil-
itary occupational specialty was
0369, infantry unit leader.
• Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of In-
dio, Calif., a rifleman.
• Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of
Omaha, Neb., a rifleman.
• Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez,
22, of Logansport, Ind., a rifle-
• Lance Cpl. David L. Espino-
za, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas, a ri-
• Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz,
20, of St. Charles, Mo., a rifle-
• Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCol-
lum, 20, of Jackson, Wyo., a ri-
• Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola,
20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Ca-
lif., a rifleman.
• Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nik-
oui, 20, of Norco, Calif.
For the Navy, the deceased
• Navy Corpsman Maxton W.
Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights,
Ohio, assigned to 1st Marine
Regiment, 1st Marine Division,
Camp Pendleton, Calif.
For the Army, the deceased
• Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23,
of Corryton, Tenn. Knauss was
assigned to 9th PSYOP Battalion,
8th PSYOP Group, Ft. Bragg,
— Lois Worley
Sept. 17 is Constitution Day, a
day which will live in glory. Both
James Madison in #37 of the
Federalist Papers and Alexander
Hamilton in a later Federalist de-
scribed “the finger of God” and
an “Almighty Hand” in the archi-
tecture of such a document, with
so many diverse interests and
opinions sculpting its every time
There has never and will never
be such an inspired treatise gov-
erning a nation such as America.
In June 1787 at the Constitu-
tional Convention, Benjamin
Franklin said, “the longer I live,
the more convincing proof I see
of this truth — that God governs
in the affairs of men.”
As an octogenarian, he was so
amazed in September 1787 of
their success that, as Madison
wrote in his magisterial notes of
the Convention, “the old man
Therefore must we not weep
today as in 2021 our shared Con-
stitution has no resemblance to
the “limited” government pre-
scribed by the Framers.
Section 1 clause 8 enumerates
Congress limited role on what
they can spend. They have long
ago violated that enumeration.
The general welfare clause in
said document only pertains to
what is enumerated in the pre-
vious section, and therefore has
been grossly violated based on
faulty Court interpretation. Oth-
er things like abortion are not a
right, but are a wrong later made
up as Constitutional thanks to
Yes, Sept. 17 should be cele-
brated as a great day in which an
inspirational document has been
bequeathed to a great nation.
May our youth learn its lessons
and save America for posterity.
They can start by putting back
Robert E Lee’s monument, for
truth be told he was for preserv-
ing a very important principle of
our Constitution, state’s rights.
But in today’s anarchistic climate,
American history is being lost
and God forbid our Constitution.
May He and we save what’s left
of our former Republic.
— Joel Marks
A Counter Perspective
The recent viewpoints con-
cerning the Western Lane Am-
bulance District appear to be
strawman arguments against
Mr. Farnsworth and Mr. Marks,
who never disparaged the quality
and range of service provided by
Rather, these brave gentlemen
fulfilled their responsibility to
notify the public of a salary strat-
agem that is unsustainable given
the current funding of $0.77 per
$1,000 tax assessed value. Are we
on the hook for a massive and
growing $3.4 million dollar un-
I challenge these guest view-
point writers, and Chief Michael
Schick, to directly address this
unfunded liability with the hon-
esty and transparency our com-
— Bill Shepard
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WHERE TO WRITE
President Joseph Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
900 Court St. NE - S-417
Salem, OR 97301
Boomer Wright (Dist. 9)
State Sen. Dick
Anderson (Dist. 5)
160 State Capitol 900 Court St.
900 Court St. NE
Salem, Ore. 97301-4047
Salem, OR 97301
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden
221 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-5244 | 541-431-0229
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley
Lane County Dist. 1
125 E. Eighth St.
Eugene, OR 97401
313 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-3753 | 541-465-6750
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& Mayor Joe Henry
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